New 13-lot residential development planned in Erin

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An Erin councillor is expressing concerns about a proposed residential complex in Ospringe and how will it impact drainage in a nearby neighbhourhood.

Addressing the matter during a recent town council meeting, Coun. John Brennan said he was worried about the stormwater management of the complex, as there is another one nearby.

“We have a field there absorbing all of what Mother Nature dumps on it,” said Brennan. “We’re going to put a street in there, 13 houses, and we’re going to have all of that flowing down to this one corner where the existing houses are.”

He would like town technical staff to review the area, as he's worried the amount of water would affect the neighbouring residents on the downslope of that area.

However, a planner for the proponent said their stormwater plan is carefully designed to avoid such conflicts.

“We have done stormwater management and engineering design for the proposed subdivision,” said Odete Gomes, senior planner of IBI Group. “All the water doesn’t just get directed down there all at once. It is controlled.”

On behalf of Terrell Spirit of Pentecost, IBI Group submitted a draft plan to facilitate a 13-lot residential development, using private services, and a stormwater management facility on 5414 Second Line.

It also submitted a zoning amendment to change the lands from the current agricultural designation to rural residential (R3) and open space recreation. It was explained that the grounds were previously used for cash crops. There was also an abandoned house in the area for some time.

The property is located on the north side of Wellington County Rd. 124, west of Second Line. It has an area of about 3.62 hectares.

“The application represents good planning, will facilitate intensification within an existing hamlet, and will add additional housing opportunities for the existing and future residents,” said Gomes.

It is surrounded by low-density residential and agricultural buildings or facilities, a gas station, a convenience store and the Knox Presbyterian Community Church, which also expressed concerns.

Janice McClelland, a church member, said the proposal would see the church surrounded on the east and west sides by private housing lots.

“We will be losing parking options,” said McClelland. “The congregation and supporters park in the grass parking area surrounded by the old stone wall behind the church. We also park in a portion of the old at fields next to Highway 124.”

Coun. Michael Robins wanted to know if they should consider connecting the new homes to the proposed wastewater treatment plant.

“The current wastewater project is servicing the urban area,” said Nick Colucci, director of infrastructure services and engineer. “The growth management study did look at growth in rural areas and deemed it wouldn’t be necessary to service those areas. Maybe sometime in the future, if development proceeds.”

Gomes and McClelland will discuss ways to mitigate the concerns and find ways to accommodate churchgoers.

The application will return to council chambers at a future council meeting for further discussion.

Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner